JDS Kashima sails up the River Thames for London visit

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Japanese navy ship Kashima sailed up the River Thames yesterday for a three day visit to the capital. The 143-metre long vessel is the training ship of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and arrived through Tower Bridge shortly after 1pm to moor alongside HMS Belfast. Her arrival in London is the latest port visit for the ship which is …

Up to 50 hot air balloons glide over the Thames at sunrise

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ALMOST fifty hot air balloons took to the skies this morning to form an incredible sight over the capital. The fleet of balloons took off from Burgess Park just after sunrise and drifted across the river Thames. Early risers were treated to the stunning spectacle as the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta filled the morning sky. The flotilla of craft glided east …

Thames salute to the Queen’s long reign

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THE RIVER Thames paid its own tribute to HM The Queen as she became the country’s longest serving monarch last week (9th September). Tower Bridge opened in salute as a small flotilla led by Queen’s row barge Gloriana made its up up the Thames from St Katherine Docks to the Houses of Parliament. HMS Portland was alongside HMS Belfast, adding to …

Rowers take to the Thames for this year’s Great River Race

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HUNDREDS of boats took part in the Great River Race between Millwall and Ham yesterday. The 21.6 mile race, known as London’s river marathon, got underway at 10.45am. Saturday started grey and wet but this gave way to blue skies and sunshine as the day went on. There were colourful scenes along the Thames as the thousands of competitors took on …

Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge in colourful finish at Tower Bridge

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ORANGE shirted supporters and plumes of smoke made for a colourful finish to the Dutch Marines Rowing Challenge at Tower Bridge today. The Marines taking part were today completing the 350km journey from Rotterdam to London which started on 5th September. The Marine Corps Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy added to the sense of occasion as they performed on …

ARC Gloria’s spectacular arrival through Tower Bridge

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THE COLOMBIAN sail training ship ARC Gloria arrived through Tower Bridge in spectacular style last Sunday (6th September). With over 60 crew members manning the yard arms and singing the Colombian national anthem, the three masted ship went under Tower Bridge in late evening sunshine. The bridge itself and the banks of the Thames were packed with spectators for the …

Portwey steams past London landmarks

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Heritage steam tug Portwey delighted onlookers today as she took to the river with passengers on board. The 1920s built vessel is doing three days of scenic Thames trips, taking passengers from Masthouse Pier up to Tower Bridge, then back down to the Thames Barrier before turning to Masthouse. The beautiful tug, built by Harland and Wolff on the Clyde, …

New Waterloo Dispatch arrives in London

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TWO hundred years after news of the victory at Waterloo reached London, a New Waterloo Dispatch arrived in the capital today to retrace those steps. Historical re-enactors brought the news of Napoleon’s defeat in to London today, starting the morning with a ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. From there, a horse-drawn post chaise, carrying the dispatch …